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Cyclone Kills 20 in Madagascar But Quickly Weakens on Land

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Cyclone Batsirai Kills 20 People in Madagascar

Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP) -- Cyclone Batsirai is blamed for the deaths of 20 people in Madagascar and for making more than 55,000 people homeless victims after slamming into the island's eastern coast, officials said Monday.

The tropical storm weakened quickly as it moved southwest across the island, missing the capital Antananarivo and posing little risk apart to other areas except for heavy rainfall, the national meteorological department said Monday.